Saturday, March 5, 2011

God's Will or My Will?

I receive several devotionals through email and I was BLOWN away by how true this one today...

Even if we don’t understand God’s plan, we need to respond to his direction. In fact, when we don’t understand God’s plan, it is even more important to do exactly what he directs us to do.

Often, God asks us to make the choice to do his will before we know the specific details of his plan. That’s because part of God’s plan is to develop in us a trust of his character and his benevolence.

But this is where many of us get into a battle of wills with God, wanting him to reveal his plan to us first and only then will we decide whether or not to do what he tells us to do. (This is SO true for me.)

But that’s not the way it works. God wants you to decide in advance, trusting him and believing that his will is the best plan for your life, believing that he will strengthen you to do all that he asks you to do.

One reason God doesn’t give you the full picture of his plans for your life is that you may be overwhelmed by what you see. For instance, it may appear impossible for you to complete everything he plans for you during this Decade of Destiny. But that’s the point—there’s no way you can fulfill your mission without God empowering you.

Do you still think there is someone else to go to find out what direction to take? Perhaps you still believe you know best? Tell God, “I don’t know that I’m willing to step out in faith without first knowing everything that’s going to happen, but I’m willing to be made willing.”
This devotional is by Jon Walker, editor of the Daily Hope Devotionals and author of Costly Grace. Rick Warren says Costly Grace “strips discipleship down to its essentials, where we discover again that, when we face uncertainty, our only certainty is in Jesus.”


Ashley said...

Great post- exactly what I needed to read today!

Kael said...

I think your blog is one of the cutest here on blogger. Nice read

Mareike said...

I have no idea if that means anything to you, but I'm thinking of you and praying for you.
Greetings from Germany

Sasha on Life, Love and Stuff. said...

This is a beautiful reflection. I just broke up with a long time boyfriend and my dreams crashed and I just cry out to God everyday asking Him why. Asking Him why didn't He give me this one man, one relationship and one dream that I really love. It's just heartbreaking, but then He said, "many are a the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails (proverbs 19:21)."

I am in the process of healing, and I can't wait for the day when I look back to now, and I say to God, this is why it happened.

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